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Young Lexington musician wins national award

Posted by Laura Gomez  June 19, 2013 04:56 PM

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Trumpet player Josh Gilbert, a Lexington native, recently won a prestigious Yamaha Young Performing Artists award, according to a press release from Yamaha. He will join 10 other winners at an all-expenses-paid weekend retreat at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. from June 22-24, where he will participate in workshops and a concert.

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Josh Gilbert, a Lexington High School alum, has been studying trumpet since the age of 10.
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Gilbert is currently pursuing a degree in jazz studies at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studies with jazz legend John McNeil and former Boston Symphony Orchestra member Steve Emery.

He is a member of the renowned NEC Jazz Orchestra, which recently performed with jazz legends Ran Blake, Miguel Zenón, and Randy Weston, the release said.

Gilbert graduated in 2012 from Lexington High School, where he performed in several award-winning jazz and classical ensembles. During high school, Gilbert also performed in small jazz ensembles at the NEC Preparatory School and was a member of the Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble, where he toured Germany in 2010 and Poland in 2012.

In addition to becoming a Yamaha Young Performing Artist, Gilbert's other musical accomplishments and awards include being named as an outstanding soloist at the 2012 Charles Mingus Festival, the 2012 Berklee High School Jazz Festival and the 2011 University of New Hampshire Jazz Festival, as well as second trumpet in the 2012 Massachusetts All-State Jazz Band.

He has performed in many iconic venues, including Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, the Regattabar in Cambridge, and Chicago's Orchestra Hall.

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